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Microsoft Smartwatch: Nadella's Next Strategy Step?

Microsoft smartwatch rumors heat up again, suggesting a cross-platform strategy that suits CEO Satya Nadella's goals.
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Microsoft's smartwatch will allegedly resemble Samsung's Gear Fit.
Microsoft's smartwatch will allegedly resemble Samsung's Gear Fit.

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6/23/2014 | 3:40:18 AM
Re: Another flop product?
"I just got KitKat on my NoteII last night, the Mail widget is still there so your S4 should have the widgets as well.  The standard widgets are pretty good and I often have people asking me how I got the email and calendar summaries on my home screen.  Android widgets are one of the coolest features but also probably the least used.  "

SaneIT, thanks for this update and this is very useful.
SaneIT
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6/19/2014 | 8:22:38 AM
Re: Another flop product?
I just got KitKat on my NoteII last night, the Mail widget is still there so your S4 should have the widgets as well.  The standard widgets are pretty good and I often have people asking me how I got the email and calendar summaries on my home screen.  Android widgets are one of the coolest features but also probably the least used.  
Gigi3
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6/19/2014 | 1:03:49 AM
Re: Another flop product?
"I was using GoLauncher and it' widgets but a recent update on my Samsung phone gave me a similar widget with their launcher.  My home screen is split between a calendar widget and the email widget.  From that home screen I can get a quick look at my work day and if I need to reply to anything I can launch my mail app from there."

saneIT, thanks for this info. I can try with my Samsung S4.
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6/16/2014 | 8:58:39 AM
Re: Another flop product?
I was using GoLauncher and it' widgets but a recent update on my Samsung phone gave me a similar widget with their launcher.  My home screen is split between a calendar widget and the email widget.  From that home screen I can get a quick look at my work day and if I need to reply to anything I can launch my mail app from there.
Gigi3
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6/16/2014 | 12:43:58 AM
Re: Another flop product?
"That SMS idea isn't bad but I don't want yet another inbox to be checking.  I use an application on my Android phone that gives me the Sender, Subject and about 50 characters of the body at a glance.  If I could move that to my wrist it would be a very useful to me."

SaneIT, which app you are using.
SaneIT
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6/12/2014 | 7:22:37 AM
Re: Another flop product?
That SMS idea isn't bad but I don't want yet another inbox to be checking.  I use an application on my Android phone that gives me the Sender, Subject and about 50 characters of the body at a glance.  If I could move that to my wrist it would be a very useful to me.
Gigi3
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6/12/2014 | 3:50:38 AM
Re: Another flop product?
" I don't know that this is typical but for me a quick glance at incoming e-mails would save me a lot of frustration.   If I could scan the first few lines with a quick glance at my wrist I would be happy but I don't want to rely on that watch communicating with another device that I'm carrying around too."

saneIT, so you want to know which mail is important and junk by scanning few lines through the pop up mails in your wrist watches. My mobile service provider has a similar service, where they will send first few lines of email as SMS to your device. For this you have to put an agreement with the service provider with a nominal monthly fee. So based on importance you can go for the mail through your other devices.
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6/9/2014 | 7:28:23 AM
Re: Another flop product?
It is funny that the cellular phone has become more of a text based tool than a voice based on.  I make fewer calls as time goes on but I spend more time checking web based data or sending e-mail on my phone.  I don't know that this is typical but for me a quick glance at incoming e-mails would save me a lot of frustration.   If I could scan the first few lines with a quick glance at my wrist I would be happy but I don't want to rely on that watch communicating with another device that I'm carrying around too.  Maybe if it was a cell phone sized device with no display that never left my pocket or backpack I wouldn't mind since they could make the package much smaller if a display wasn't required. 
Gigi3
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6/9/2014 | 3:31:31 AM
Re: Another flop product?
"If a smart watch could let me quickly skim my emails and text messages without needing my phone nearby I'd start wearing a watch because that is what 90% of my smart phone use is and I'd be looking at the watch as a way to replace my smartphone."

SaneIT, I think for most of the peoples sending and receiving emails are more important than making/receiving calls. In that respect Smart watches are useful, but if it has the facility to receive calls, then it's great.
Gigi3
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6/9/2014 | 3:31:16 AM
Re: Another flop product?
"No doubt it will take a couple steps to get there, but we're already seeing that other companies are one step ahead of Microsoft in the development of usable wearables.  Many of the current generation are falling short because once the newness wears off there is nothing utilitarian that people are using habitually"

SaneIT, we won't be able to say that MS is too late in market for wearable technologies/devices. As of now only limited companies like Samsung, Sony etc are in market with such devices. So MS and Apple can have their own share with unique devices.  
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